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INHERENT FLAWS IN THE NRO JUDGEMENT.

It is said that the Petitioners and the Honorable S. Court wanted to reverse and nullify the benefits and the harmful effects of this defunct Ordinance, but adjudicating and declaring a dead law as void is not the legal way to go about doing this. There were other ways to do this

FLAWS IN THE NRO JUDGMENT –  by: Tausif Kamal

Courtesy: CRDP, Fri, 29 Jan 2010

Finally I’ve had a chance to review the detailed NRO judgment somewhat and would like to offer the following comments on the Islamic aspects or the Islamic angle firstly and then on other shortcomings of this supposedly ‘landmark’ decision by the Pakistan’s Honorable Supreme Court.

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Why all the responsibility for all problems is being put upon President Zardari?

– Tausif Kamal

If Zardari is forced out before his term it would be the beginning of the end of our nascent restoration of democracy. I’m no supporter of PPP or Zaradari but why all the responsibility for all the country’s problems is being heaped upon one man, who has been in , power’ (whatever that means ) for not even two years.

If anybody has to go down, its “K”. He’s directing an inept war in slow motion against the enemy, Talibans/ Jihadists. Under his command GHQ has been attacked… Talibans are murdering and terrorizing the citizens of the country at will.

It has taken many years or indeed decades for the existential and debilitating problems of Taliban/ Jihadist terrorism, Baluchistan insurgency and the dead-end state of the economy to germinate and develop. They did not come about overnight. Its obvious that the reactionary forces in Pakistan, the Islamist parties like JI, right wing media and groups , pro-military establishment etc are spearheading a campaign to remove Zardari, to sidestep the PPP govt and to grab power themselves. Eventually such a move will derail whatever democracy we have. Since nurturing democracy in Pakistan is the core agenda of CRDP we all should be concerned about this possibly destructive move and I suggest that we take some action.

Courtesy: – CRDP, Nov 13, 2009

NRO Annulment – Opportunities and Challenges for Sindhis

By: Khalid Hashmani

The recent voiding of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) by the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) has generated an intense debate among Pakistanis. Among Sindhis, much of the debate on this topic is happening informally and on off-the-record forums as Sindhis find themselves torn between two opposing interests. On one hand the annulment of NRO has a potential to destroy the current leadership of PPP and hence eliminate what ever little say Sindhis have in the decision making process of Pakistan.

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If the urdu speaking population of Sindh sincerely merged into their new homeland and showed their willingness to be proud Sindhis, respecting its culture, values, and language, we would welcome them!

by:Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia

We are all aware that the recent overtures by Sindhi PPP leaders towards Sindhiat has more to do with their fears of loosing power within the Government and the party itself than with their newly found love for Sindhis. But, that is OK! Sindhis should be gracious and come to aid of any one who proudly shows their Sindhi heritage as Zardari did by wearing Sindhi attire while inspecting Guard of Honor in Afghanistan.

I for one would even forgive atrocities committed by MQM and embrace them if they sincerely merged into their new homeland and showed their willingness to be proud Sindhis, respecting its culture, values, and language.

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Appointment of Judges : President Zardari’s decision is in accordance with the constitution – prominent jurists say

Legal experts divided over appointments

Courtesy: Daily Times

LAHORE: The legal fraternity of the country remained divided over its views on the Supreme Court’s suspension of the presidential appointment of two top judges in an emergency ruling late on Saturday. Former Supreme Court Bar Association, SCBA president Ali Ahmed Kurd said the principle had been set by the SC verdict in the Al-Jihad Trust case that the senior most judge of a high court would be elevated to the Supreme Court. Barrister Zafar Ali Khan and former SC judge Fakhruddin Ebrahim also termed the president’s decision as being in accordance with the constitution. Prominent jurist Fawad Chaudhry said the president’s decision was in accordance with the constitution. He said according to Article 206 of the constitution, the judge stood as “retired” after refusing to accept the decision of elevation. People Lawyers Forum leaders Tanvir Hashmi and Rana Sufiyan Ali said the president’s decision was in accordance with the constitution and the SC verdict in the Al-Jehad Trust case.However, former Punjab advocate general Ashtar Ausaf said the president’s decision is unconstitutional as he acted against the CJP’s recommendations. Senior lawyer Dr Khalid Ranjha said a “vacuum is being deliberately created” to pave the way for third party interference.

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Zardari’s order suspended by 3 member bench of Supreme Court

SC Bench Judges Appointment Has Suspended Presidential Order

Courtesy: cbnews1

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan News: Supreme Court’s 3-member bench while hearing the suo moto notice on judges’ appointment has suspended Presidential order. A short judgment has been issued in this regard.

Earlier, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has taken suo moto notice on judges’ appointment. Supreme Court’s 3-member bench is reviewing the suo moto notice. Attorney General has been called in the Supreme Court by the bench in this regard.

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Eligiblity of President Zardari challenged in Election Commission

Zardari’s eligibility challenged

Courtesy: The News

ISLAMABAD: A reference was filed on Sunday in the Election Commission of Pakistan, challenging the eligibility of Asif Ali Zardari as president of Pakistan.

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Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari’s assets in Islamabad to be seized

Courtesy: DNA

ISLAMABAD: Action to seize the assets of Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari has begun following a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) order asking the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration to freeze all his assets under its jurisdiction.

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Zardari Is On ‘Shaky Ground’ – Senator McCain Says

Washington: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is on shaky ground because of a loss of immunity that has been enacted by the Parliament….. “The Pakistanis are also nervous, as the Afghans are, as are other countries in region, about the president’s declaration that we would be leaving in the middle of 2011. That and the build-up of the Afghan army being  sufficient to take over responsibilities from us eventually are the two big problems that I saw on my visit,” McCain added.

President Zardari : An open declaration of war — now what?

An open declaration of war — now what?

Courtesy: The News

News analysis by Shaheen Sehbai

NAUDERO: Hearing President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday was a painful experience. All, including the diehard PPP jiyalas, were stunned. Their co-chairman had just declared war on every institution, without telling them who were the enemies, what they were doing and why. It was aptly described by a journalist on Facebook as Zardari’s “farewell address”.

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KAR LO JO KARNA HAI – President Zardari vows to fight back

President Zardari vows to fight back

Courtesy: APP

ISLAMABAD, Dec 19 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday said the PPP will use democracy and constitutionalism as its weapons to fight its adversaries and foil all conspiracies against it. He said this while addressing the concluding session of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the party in the Presidency on Saturday.The CEC of the party not only reposed full confidence in his leadership but also vowed to rally around him at time when he is the target of criticism and political attacks from all around and to put up a fierce fight in his defence.

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Zardari falls, Kayani rises

Pakistan: Zardari falls, Kayani rises

by: C. Raja Mohan

Courtesy: IndianExpress, Friday , Dec 18, 2009

Whether he quits or not, President Asif Ali Zardari has been so severely weakened that he no longer poses a threat to Pakistan’s permanent establishment. In fact the Army Chief Ashfaq Kayani might prefer holding a de-fanged Zardari prisoner in Islamabad’s presidential palace and run the country with the pliable Yousuf Raza Gilani as the Prime Minister.

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Supreme Court of Pakistan struck down the NRO

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has struck down the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), The controversial ordinance granting politicians, bureaucrats and industrialists amnesty was brought in by ex-President Gen. Pervez Musharraf for his own political interests. The court decision opens the way to possible prosecution for President Zardari’s political cronies and other allies, though he remains protected by presidential immunity. A welcome step towards rule of law in Pakistan and hope that the law will even extend across the board to other power corridors of corrupt bearucratics, industrialists, businessmen, politicians, judges, journalists and generals…

Sindhi Culture under attack by Pakistani Media

Sindhi Culture under attack by Pakistani Media – Celebrate Sindhi Culture on December 6, 2009.

Let us join in the mass celebration of Sindhi culture on December 6 & renew our pledge to protect our language, culture, and identity.

President Zardari was seen wearing Sindhi cap proudly inspecting Guard of Honor in Kabul (Capitol of Afghanistan) on international media.

by: Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia

For many years, Pakistan’s exploiting class including Urdu and some English media have been engaged in a malicious propaganda against Sindhi culture and language. First, they and short-sighted custodians of Sindh destroyed Sindh’s education system which was once envy of other provinces. Their particular assault was against Sindhi-medium schools that has ultimately resulted in the closure of more 7,000 Sindhi-medium schools in Sindh. This conspiracy has succeeded so much that many of Sindh’s middle class and upper middle class parents send their children to only the English and Urdu medium schools. Seeing the success of this conspiracy, the enemies of Sindhi culture and language have now extended their assault against Sindhi dress and other cultural aspects.

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Why not a civilian head of ISI?

By Kamran Shafi

Courtesy: Daily Dawn, Tuesday, 17 Nov, 2009

IN view of the fact that the cardinal sin of the federal government to try and put the ISI under civilian control is cited as a reason behind all the obituaries presently being written about the imminent fall of a) just the president; b) all the major politicians; and c) the whole shoot, I’ve been trolling through the Internet to see how just many of the world’s top intelligence services are headed by serving military (in Pakistan’s case, read ‘army’) officers. And how many are appointed by the army chief. Consider what I’ve come up with.

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Huffing and puffing [about Kerry-Lugar bill] by Manzur Ejaz

Dr. Manzur Ejaz
Dr. Manzur Ejaz

WASHINGTON DIARY: Huffing and puffing

by Dr Manzur Ejaz, USA

Courtesy: Wichaar.com, October 6th, 2009

Ultimately, after the US consultants and intermediaries have taken their cut, Pakistan will get about three to four hundred million dollars which cannot do much when the country is several billion dollars short of its obligations and needs.

The saga of the Kerry-Lugar aid bill to Pakistan has become as surreal as it can get. Every concerned sane person is wondering what the fuss is about. Conditions attached to this bill are the same as in most previous such bills. Furthermore, why is such a big deal being made out of the bill when it cannot go very far in pulling Pakistan out of its ongoing economic crisis?

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Balochistan breaking point?

By: Yasir Babbar, Islamabad
Please note: Yasir Babbar is an Islamabad-based journalist working at The Frontier Post and the Pakistan Press International.
Courtesy: Himal Mag
After national elections in February 2008, optimism in Pakistan was brimming over. Perhaps nowhere did the elections have a more immediate impact than in Balochistan, the province that has been attempting to break away from Islamabad’s control for decades. The first positive signs from the national capital came after Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman (and now President) Asif Ali Zardari formally apologised to the people of Balochistan for the excesses committed against them in the past. He also announced that the new PPP-led government would call an all-parties conference to address the province’s long-entrenched problems, while also promising to form a truth commission to investigate the abuses. Such pledges, rarely if ever heard before, created a sudden blossoming of hope in the province. The three leading armed militant groups – the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) and the Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) – even announced a joint unilateral ceasefire.

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Justice Chudhry v/s Justice Dogar

by Manzoor Chandio, Karachi, Sindh
The writer works in daily dawn Karachi and he can be reached at catalyst2pk@yahoo.com
Blog: http://manzoorchandio.blogspot.com/
Justice Chaudhry took his oath from military dictator Musharraf. Justice Dogar took his oath from military dictator Musharraf. What’s the difference?.. As far as Justice Chaudhry’s performance is concerned, I think Justice Dogar is second to none.
Justice Chaudhry worked his entire tenure under an unconstitutional military regime. Justice Dogar worked most of his tenure under a constitutional government.
Justice Dogar took hundreds of suo moto actions, including eight after reading Kawish. These cases related to the violation of human rights, abuses of women and children.
Late BB, the PPP and we all supported the reinstatement of judges not the removal of judges. The PML-N kept demanding the removal of judges which is against the Constitution.
There is a provision in the Constitution that judges can be appointed but judges can’t be removed.
We’ve always deliberated that all problems are created by military regimes which continue spiraling affecting democratic governments for years. The judges’ issue was created by a military government which has domino effects till today and it will continue for years. What is dangerous now that the PML-N are not ready to look forward to make a fresh start?
Yes Punjab and PML-N have right to protest. And there should not be police and army to stop them. For the last 63 years, establishment turned the green of Bengal into red, they raped thousands of women, they killed and maimed thousands of Sindhis during the MRD for demanding democracy and they killed and bombed the Baloch for demanding freedom.
Even during the lawyers’ movement, we saw bodies of Sindhis lying on Shahra Faisal. Hundreds of people were killed and hundred others were injured. But guns were silent in Punjab on the same day. Even lathis were not used. Why this difference?

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The Judge And The Fudge

By AHMED QURAISHI
Friday, 20 March 2009.
Courtesy: WWW.AHMEDQURAISHI.COM
Contrary to media hype, both Mr. Zardari and Mr. Sharif have been cut down to size. Zardari has been snubbed, and Nawaz can’t use the judge card anymore. The military effectively ended politicians from exploiting the problem for political gain. Aitzaz is busy trying to return to his party by – believe it or not – hijacking the reinstatement of the judge in favor of PPPP. The two, Zardari and Nawaz, still have to account for shamelessly leading Pakistan to civil war. One blocked Pakistan’s exports by impounding all cargo containers and the other had no problem if his activists snatched and torched cars and public property as long as it served ‘public interest.’ Then there’s the role of Balochistan, a positive note in concluding this report.

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Is Sanam Bhutto living under financially difficult situation? Is this true?

by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
I strongly doubt that the subject story, which is widely reported in Pakistani media is true.
A report in Khaleej Times in yesterday’s edition says that the story is
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a fabrication. According to the newspaper, Ms Sanam Bhutto talked to the media in London at the Pakistan High Commission, and said the report is a ” vicious attack on ‘me, my family and the memory of Benzir Bhutto Shaheed’.
I doubt that Bhutto family would need charity from any one. I would think, there are millions of poor Sindhis in rural Sindh who need our urgent help more than the affluent Bhutto family.
Now a days, the conspiracies are bountiful in Pakistan. The objective of many of these conspiracies appear to see the destruction of PPP which is the only platform that support of overwhelming majority of Sindhis. Let us not fall victim to these conspiracies unwittingly.

Opinion: Why don’t we support the great struggle of lawyers?

by: Sabir Hussain

Today most of “intellectuals”, “columnist” “professors”, “and all who have love & sympathy for Sindh & Sindhi nation, demanding from those who struggled for independence of judiciary, to raise issues of Sindh before Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Choudhery in order to prove their struggle justified, but none of them have dare to raise voice on crucial issues of Sindh (like issue of water, NFC, resource, Jobs, Education, peace & justice in every subject, karo kari & wadera shahi, problems of jobs & admission for sindhies in colleges & universities of Karachi, and many more) in front of elected “SINDHI PRESIDENT” whose party is elected by votes of Sindhi people & whom for Sindh & sindhi people have given sacrifices in every age…

These leaders of Sindh who always got power because of the votes & sacrifices of Sindhi people have made life miserable of Sindh, peoples of Sindh are forced to sell their beloved child because there is no water even for KAFN DAFN, number of Sindhi women killed in the name of KARO KARI, there are no roads, no shelter, no food, no jobs for sindhi people, few agents & mafia is destroying education of Sindh since last 30 years in the Universities of Sindh, day by day sindhi people have been murdered socially, politically, economically but these MNAs, MPA, WADERAS and President have never wanted to arrest those people, the heart of Sindh Karachi is no go area for Sindhi people, there is no jobs and admission for Sindhi students in Karachi but these sold agents parliamentarian have done nothing against this illegal & horrors acts.

And even these columnists, journalists, have never even

written on these issues, they have not protest against these issues in front of the government of PPP.

In above said status Quo if Chief Justice wants to build independent judiciary  to provide justice & peace to the people of Sindh & Pakistan than what is wrong with it? If he refused to follow illegal actions & orders of a Dictator than what sin has he committed? And when he has taken sueo moto actions against following criminal acts than what illegal & unethical act has Choudhery done?

Remember that:

1)He took against action Federal Minister of PPP Hazar Khan Bijarani as he had done illegal act of SANG CHATTI and sold five younger innocent girls of a poor people.

2)He took actions against the administration of a hospital when a poor non Muslim farmer women dead on the road during her pregnancy because the administration of Hospital refused to admit her.

3)He took action against Qasimabad police as they arrested two younger innocent children.

4)He took action against illegal & unconstitutional sell of Steel Mill, as it was national assets of Sindh,

5)He took action against missing persons,

6)He took action against a police officer on murdered of poor labourer Rasool Bux Birohi

7)He took against Zamindar Abdul Rehman Mari as he murdered the whole family of a farmer Mano Bheel.

These and other positive and legal actions taken by CJ

Iftikhar, without any greedness, he did not differentiate that he is sindhi so he should not provide justice, or any other thing.

I think there is game played by the agencies to keep away

Sindhi people from great struggle of Judiciary, this struggled was done by every Pakistani without any fear & force only to see law & order in the country, every one wants independent judiciary and independent courts in Pakistan.

Now as for as issues of Sindh & Sindhi people concerned

so we don’t forget that every sindhi must play their role and ask elected MNAs, MPA and president to do justice with Sindhi on every issue, we should demand from this PPP Govt to make clear, legal & fair policies on main issues of Sindh, I am regret to say that still PPP Govt has not any clear policy against issues like Education, Water, NFC, Kala Bagh Dam, natural resource, if they have than

must announce to whole Sindhi nation that how they are going to resolve these burning issue.

In last I will say that please don’t misguide whole nation, and don’t irritate them by telling kiddy stories. Focus on struggle to resolve crucial and burning issues of Sindh and demand from your elected members & Govt to be fair with Sindh and do justice with sindhi nation & prove yourself as real son of great soil.

21 March, 2009

Opinion- Why Sindh is not part of celebrations of Nawaz sharif revolution?- by K.M. Kolachi

BY K. M. KOLACHI

Nawaz Sharif is against Mushrraf and was not ready even to talk and compromise with him. He wanted Mushraf to be ousted at earliest but Mr Nawaz Sharif could not manage such long march during the tenure of Mushraf. In my view this long march was made successful by hidden forces to convey message to USA that Zaradari has no free hand and can be made under pressure any time. In the situation when March appeared to be getting forceful USA came to compromise by accepting Chief Justice .This is not first time that USA has compromised to keep Pakistan as partner in war on terrorism. Before this unaccounted supply of money, recent favor to help Pakistan in getting loan from IMF and also soft attitude on the time of recent dispute between India and Pakistan are more examples of compromise by USA.

Although there is no declaration of any agreement but the indication in press are very clear that matter of Chief Justice was resolved as result of an agreement whereby chief justice will not touch missing peoples issues. In this way the interests of Zardari and USA has been taken care of. On the other hand when Chief Justice has accepted some conditions how he will be able to retain his title of totally neutral. In my view it was play between the strong lobbies within boundry and each of them know their limits.

Pakistani press, anti Sindhi elements and establishment has been making propaganda against Sindhis and has always been considering them hurdle. As result of long propaganda Punjabi and Urdu speaking brothers have same approach for Sindhis. Since Bhutto was Sindhi and peoples party is some times hurdle being united platform of majority Sindhis every one who will be in better position in PPP may it be Zardari or other will be criticized by those lobbies. As result of that propaganda it has become fashion to talk against Zardari. We want him to take all decisions on merit ignoring the powerful factor in country and international forces. The article of Dr. Manzoor Aijaz few days ago on Zardari also seems to be under same approach and fashion and this too has been focused on limited areas under specific purpose. As referred in article that it was political wisdom of Nawaz Sharif that he came to lead the issue. Look at his wisdom in recent past when he two times decided to boycott elections. Once BiBi and other time Zardari convinced him to change the decisions. Where he had been politically if he had boycotted the election.

March 20, 2009

How long will Pakistan’s army chief sit on sidelines?

How long will Pakistan’s army chief sit on sidelines?
by Rick Westhead
March 19th, 2009
Courtesy and Thanks: Wichaar.com

NEW DELHI – Here’s what diplomats across much of the Western world know about Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, arguably Pakistan’s most important public figure: he’s a plain-talking and dour chain-smoker with a fondness for golf who started his military career in 1971 as a lowly infantryman. But this is what many are now anxious to find out about the reclusive 56-year-old: how long will he be content to sit on the sidelines, observing the uneasy peace agreed on this week between humbled Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, Zardari’s arch-nemesis?

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ATLAST DEPRESSION FOR MR. ZARDARI

by Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan, Karachi, Sindh
A letter was published entitled ”An open letter to Mr Zardari” in Daily Dawn dated 19 May, 2008, indicating danger of stubbornness and inflexibility from a circle of courtiers encircled around him who will not provide a good source of advices but only misguidance, insanity and illadvices to serve their own vested interests.The same thing happened and atlast they depressed Mr. Zardari and became a bad source for his besiege and degradation. At last sanity prevailed and a good decision for the restoration of the Chief Justice of Pakistan was taken in the early hours of 16th March 2009

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Restoration of Chief Justice is a business deal that brings only profit!

By Nisar Ahmed Nizamani
I see the restoration of Supreme Court Judgeg in a different way. This is not the battle which is won by Punjab, but it was an opportunity that is unwisely missed by Pakistan Peoples Party lead by Mr. President Zardari who has the most “brilliant” advisor like Salam Taseer and etc
Restoration of Chief Justice at any cost is a business deal that brings only profit as it has no loss stake in it. And Nawaz Shrif has gotten the opportunity. Therefore, the whole profit has gone into the pockets of Sharif brothers.